Computer Associates has announced the first of a series of integration deals with Hitachi Data Systems to enable its Unicenter TNG systems management offering to support HDS? Freedom storage management family.
The agreement follows a similar move between IBM and EMC earlier in the year, but Computer Associates (CA) argues that its project will go beyond simply managing devices to managing enterprise information.
The key to this, it claims, is the Jasmine object-oriented repository that now forms the basis of TNG. Freedom will be integrated into Jasmine, which can store each device on the network as an object and monitor and manage it at the file level rather than simply recognising its presence.
Jeff Edwards, Hitachi Data Systems? (HDS) vice president of storage applications, said: "The current storage management infrastructure is too costly and complex and information is never where you need it. TNG?s object repository is key to defining physical devices as an object, and for defining information sets and business processes, so that customers can manage their businesses more efficiently."
TNG agents will be embedded in all HDS products in future, starting with the Freedom line, but customers will still be able to use other third party systems management offerings, if they desire, HDS claimed.
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